He’ll have to keep looking forward a little bit longer. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that there haven’t been any discussions between the team and Cutler about a new deal.
This isn’t really reason for alarm. Cutler’s signed through 2013, which is plenty of time for the two sides to come to an agreement that keeps Cutler in Chicago for the long term. There’s also plenty of cap room available for the 2014 season, which should make hammering out a deal that much easier when the time comes to open up discussions.
Wright suggests that financial reasons might not be the biggest stumbling block, however. He points out that Cutler has had one winning season, one losing season and a year marred by injury while throwing 63 touchdowns and 49 interceptions. While there have been several other reasons why the Bears have had just one good year in the last three, Wright believes that Cutler needs to have a 2012 season that justifies a deal that bringing him more than the $49.77 million, five-year deal he signed when he got to Chicago.
The pieces are in place for Cutler to have that kind of season. If it should also result in a long playoff run, Cutler’s negotiating position will improve a great deal whenever he and the Bears sit down at the table.